Monday, June 3, 2019

Hang in There!

Meet Betty Sue! Today is the start of a new Double Trouble biweekly challenge ending on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Challenge #30 requires that you use a stencil or embossing folder to create your background design. The optional twist is to include a farm animal. Double Trouble is partnering with Two Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #26 so be sure to check their blog for guidelines.

I made a stencil from cardstock using a cloud die. The pink sky was created by sponging ink at the stencil's edge. The landscape panels were die cut. With a stylus, a few lines were added to the lighter green landscape piece to give a little texture. The tree branch and leaves were made from a tree die. I smudges a bit of ink onto the tree trunk for texture, adhered the leaves, turned the tree on its side and trimmed off the excess leaves. I left the small branches free for movement.

The cow was stamped, colored and fussy cut. The eyes were added. I hand drew the sign, colored it, stamped the sentiment and fussy cut it. The elements were assembled onto a panel of dark blue cardstock and a white card base. The inside was decorated using the portion of the tree that was cut away from the front. The inside sentiment says, "Happy Birthday, Party Animal".

If you've never visited the Double Trouble Challenges, now is the time to join in the fun. You could win a prize! Visit the Two Crafty Critter Crazies blog and double your fun.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Honeycomb Happiness" (front sentiment), My Favorite Things "Jungle Friends" (inside sentiment), Whipper Snapper Designs "Betty Sue" (cow)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim; SN for alcohol markers
Paper: Lawn Fawn "Spring Fling" (green dotted landscape)
Dies: Lawn Fawn landscape dies; Memory Box "Grand Oak Tree"
Misc. from stash: handmade stencil, googly eyes, foam tape, cord for swing


  1. How dainty Miss Betty Sue is just enjoying a spring day, Melanie. Pink clouds are the perfect background!

  2. I think Betty Sue is pretty adorable swinging in the sunset. I bet Patsy would like a swing...I'll have to talk to Brant.

  3. That is way too cute! Love your design, perfect colors too. :)

  4. Oh my gosh that cow is totally adorable on the swing with his googly eyes!! :) Such a creative and fun scene you've made for him too! Thank you for sharing your creation for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge this month! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)